Violent Protests Continue

Nov 26, 2019

On 25 November 2019, violent protests continued for a fourth consecutive day in the city of Beni, located in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)’s North Kivu province. Security forces deployed tear gas and fired live ammunition to disperse a group of protesters gathered in the Boikene area, located approximately 10 km (6 mi) northeast of central Beni. The protesters had reportedly set fire to at least one municipal building and and vandalize several buildings at the U.N. Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) headquarters in Boikene. At least four people, including two Congolese police officers, have been killed in clashes since 23 November. Local residents have engaged in several days of demonstrations to protest against insecurity in the region and recent attacks in the community perpetrated by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an insurgent group based in the eastern DRC and neighboring Uganda. The most recent attack occurred overnight on 24-25 November, during which at least eight civilians were killed

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